The Union County Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Study is looking for new potential locations for Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers
The Study anticipates the expansion of the charging network so owning an EV will be as convenient as having a gas-powered vehicle and this means having a charging network spread over the County
New Jersey has seen an increase in EV sales in recent years, thanks to support from federal and state incentives, and this growth is expected to continue. The state has set a goal for December 2023 to have 330,000 registered passenger EVs in New Jersey and at least 400 public fast chargers, at no fewer than 200 locations. The state has a further goal of 2 million registered EVs by December 2035.
Union County wants to prepare for this anticipated growth and provide residents with charging locations that are convenient for their needs. This Study will collect and analyze data as well as gather public input as the foundation making recommendations on future charging locations. By planning for more public charging locations, Union County will be in a better position to support residents and make EVs a viable choice as they become more affordable and popular.
There are three levels of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) or chargers. Level 1 charging is the slowest and lowest cost option and can run off existing household electrical outlets. Level 2 needs the type of outlet used by refrigerators and other heavy appliances. Level 3 or Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) is a specially built power source, which cannot be supported by a home’s power supply. This study will focus on Level 2 and DCFC chargers, which would be publicly accessible.
This study has been funded by the County of Union and the NJTPA